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maticks lead us to take no account of any | usual, without inconvenience, and could per- Oh ! interweare your branches round yon tomb, thing that is not proved ; while primitive : ceive no further derangement in the digestive And with united sweets embalm the air, Truths, those which are seized by feeling and functions," The same experinient was made For innocenre, and truth, and beauty's bloon, genius, are not susceptible of demonstration. with corrosive sublimate of mercury, with the All that the poet lor'd is buried zbere.

The mathematicks, subjecting every thing same result. As we have hitherto been unacto calculation, inspire too much reverence for i quainted with any article capable of rendering force; anel that sublime energy which ac- the mineral poisons inert, the communica

THE FAIR PENITENT. counts obstacles as nothing, and delights itself tion of Mr. Bertrand of the result of his ex

From “ Tuz POWER OF SOLITUDE," BY JUDGE STORT in sacrifices, does not easily harmoniz: with periments is of vast importance. the mode of reasoning, which is developed by

We have thought this paragraph from Tae loveliest maid, whose native virtues flow algebraick combinations.

a late London paper worth copying, for the Chaste as the airy web of printless snow, It seems to me, then, that for the advantage discovery is interesting, and countenanced by Whose modest beauty shines in radiant youth of morality as well as that of the understand. the well known chymical effect of charcoal The spotless image of ingenuous truth, ing, the study of the mati ematicks should be on metallick oxydes, in common experiments. If chance betray'd by falsehood's syren wiles faken, in its course, as a part of complete in- It is not any noxious quality in the simple met

What time gay hope is trick'd in frolick smiles, struction, but not to form the basis of educa- al that renders the metallick oxydes deleteri.

In luckless moment yield her tender heart tion, and consequently, the determining prin- ous; it is the chymical action of their oxygen ciple of the character of the mind. De Siaël. on the animal fibre. From the very strong

To passion's riot and the force of art ;

Vain are the charms which social life bestow, affinity between charcoal and oxygen, the SCRAP OF VIRGINIAN HISTORY. former has long been used for restoring sev

To yield a requiem to her wakeful woes ; VIRGINIA, so named in honour of queen eral oxydes to the metallick state.

Since the dread trance, which reason's power decod. Elizadopt the virgin queen of England, was gen, thus combined with charcoal, is more

Her honour rifled and her fame destroyed,

Since treacherous pride insults with bashsul face the oldest sister, among the American colonies; strongly attracted by it, than it was by the ant she has never been scrupulous in claiming, metal, and this renders it, when applied to the The belpless victim of his foul disgrace.

Though stern remembrance, with relentless pow'r from her younger sisters, the full amount of animal fibre, comparatively inert.

Renew the horrours of that fatal hour, respect and homage that belongs to seniority. The first effective settlement of this “ ancient

When life's bright visions by pollution fled, dominion, was in the year 1609 ; thirteen years

NEW MEDICAL WORK.

And virtue sicken'd with the tears she shed ; before the settlement of Plymouth, in New

A PHYSICIAN «f this town bas recently completed Though evening's tranquil scenes no more delight England. The emigrants came over, not in the translation of Brera's celebrated treatise on human

As when enrob d in nature's careless white, pairs, as the creatures went into the ark, but

This work first made its appearance in l'avia, With sportive step slie tripp'd the verdant beath, without wives or females ; and were mere ad- where the author lives.

Or watch'd the sunbeam, as it blush'd in death;

Afier it became known in France, it was deemed venturers in quest of wealth, who determined,

Yet shall meek SOLITUDE, with temperate ray, worthy of a translation for the use of the French em. as soon as their fortunes were made, to re

pire ; this version has been well done in Paris by Gild the deep shade, and light the closing day; turn to England. As this determination, car

Bartoli and Calvet, doctors of medicine, etc., etc. with Lull the keen grief, her bleeding breast that tore, ried into effect, might have been fatal to the notes and additions, as it comes to us.

And ballow transports she can ne'er restore. colony, Sir Edward Sandys, in order to at- The book contains 400 pages small 8vo. and is ditach the colonists to the soil, and to prevent

vided into four parts. their return, advised the proprietors in EngThe first gives the natural history of worms ;

ARTHUR O'CONNOR'S DIPLOMA. land 10 send them over a cargo of young wo

· The second explains their origin in the human system;
The third describes the different signs of worins,

“ UBIQUE gentium et terrarum,
men, and to exchange these necessaries of
and the numerous diseases they produce ; and

From Edinburgh to Pandarum ; life for tobacco. This prudent advice was The last division of it treats of the several means From those who have six months of day, followed, and accordingly, in the year 1620, and methods of curing verminous complaints. ninety girls were sent to the Virginia planters The work is ornamented and enriched by five plates

Ad caput usque Bonæ Spei ; at one time.

And further yet, si forte tendat,
A freight of sixty more

of exquisite workmanship, representing the principal sent the next year. At first the value of a

worms, which inhabit our bodies, in their natural state, Ne ignorantiam quis pretendat, wife was estimated at one hundred and twenty as enlarged by the microscope, and as variously

We Doctors of St. Andrew's meeting, dissected. pounds of tobacco ; but as the sale of this pre

This treatise is greatly superior in point of size and

To all and sundry do send greeting, cious commodity was rapid, the price soon importance to any thing, which has appeared on the Ut omnes habeant compertum, rose to a hundred and fifty pounds. subject in the English language. It is much needed

Per harc presentium nostram chartam ; It would seem that some of the planters in America, and will be given to the publick as soon as

Arthurum O'Connor vocatum, were under the necessity of purchasing their

peace shall return, to dissipate our embarrassments wives on credit ; and in order to prevent and restore to us the use of our navigable waters.

Donaghadee, Irlandiæ natum,

Nov. 1814. Who studied stoutly at our college, evasions of payment, which otherwise might

And gave good specimens of knowledge, probably have happened, especially if they

In multis artibus versatum found themselves cheated in the bargain, the

POETRY.

Nunc factum esse doctoratum." general assembly enacted, that “ the price of a

Quoth Preses, strictum post examen, wife should have the precedence of all other

Nunc esto doctor ; wc said, men. debts, in recovery and payment, because (say

PARAPHRASE
the assembly) of all kinds of merchandize, ihis
was the most desirable.”
OF SOME LINES BI 'TRE PERSIAN POET, SADI.

THE DEATH WATCH.
IMPORTANT DISCOVERY.
Around the grave of her I still adore

"A wood worm Mark how the fragrant gale delights to play, That lies in old wood, like a hare in her form : By some recent experiments, made by Mr.

Forsakes the spicy grove and rosy bower, Bertrand, it appears that charcoal possesses the

With teeth or with claws it will bite or will scratch, power of counteracting the fatal effects of the ; To wave the grass that clothes this hallowed clay. And chamber-maids christen this worm a DEATS WATCS; unineral poisons of the animal body. He enu

Because like a watch it always cries click, : Return a while, fond gale, on balmy wing, merates several experiments to prove this fact,

Then wo be to those in the house who are sick, the third of which was made on himself.

“ At
And to the rosy bower my wishes bear ;

For sure as a gun, they will give up the ghost, half past seven in the morning,” he states,

Say to each violet that marks the spring

If the maggot cries click, when it scratches the post." " I swallowed, fasting, five grains of arsenick And every painted tulip blooming there....

***** powder, in half a glass of strong mixture of charcoal ; at a quarter before eight, I perceiv“ Ye flowers, like me, forsake the garden's soil,

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED FOR ed a painful sensation of heat in the stomach,

In-one less rich, but sweeter far, to blow : with great thirst. I then drank another glass There shall no impious hand your beauties spoil,

JOHN PARK, of the mixture of charcoal. At half past nine,

Nor autumn's blast, nor chilling winter's snow.

BY MUNROE, FRANCIS AND PARKER, the oppressive pain ceased in the stomach, and was followed by an uneasy sensation in the Sweet pensive Jessamine, if e'er you chose

NO. 4 CORNHILI.. viscera. Being very thirsty, I drank several To deck an humble spot unknown to fame ;

Price three doliurs per annum, half in advance. cups of an infusion of orange flowers, and at ll, And thou of modest blush, fair virgin rose, I was completely well. At noon, I dined as If kindred worth and charms thy notice claim ;

Hiew subscribers may be supplied with preceding water

was

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DEVOTED TO POLITICKS AND BELLES LETTRES.

VOL. I.

BOSTON, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1814.

NO. LI.

FOR

THE BOSTON SPBCTATOR.

POLITICAL.

country, by a series of the most ill-judged cession of a large and valuable part of this measures before they declared war, and by the state would forever be an eye sore to the peo

grossest mismanagement since, that we are ple of New England, and a loss which this ACCUMULATED debt, heavy taxes, loss of now absolutely unable to sustain a contest Commonwealth in particular could never concommerce and the calamities of war heve with Great Britain, were she ever so exorbi-template without a wish for its restoration, taught the American people that a bad admin- | tant in her demands; but we do not mean to for the reasons assigned above, we think the istration is a great evil to a nation ; but we

say that the people ought yet to reconcile British government will commute their consuspect the full extent of the evil has never their minds to every sacrifice that might be re- quest for some boon, not so permanently and yet been realized nor generally contemplates. quired. Oppressed and exhausted as we are, sensibly injurious to ourselves. Such a hope We believe thousands in the United States we might yet perhaps make it cost Great we consider rational ; such a hope we flatter deprecated the war, simply on account of the Britain too much to be unjust, were it her in- ourselves may be safely indulged. distresses it would produce ; ai d have there- chination. We only mean to say, that if she But there are other reasons, which prevent fore looked forward to the time, when the should decidedly insist on some degree of in- our participating with the publick, in the people should become tired of their sufferings demnification for the molestation she has ex- seeming general calculation on a speedy TCand disposed to choose new rulers, who would perienced, we must judge of its equity ; and commodation We must remember that give us peace, as to a period, which, excepto bound by every dictate of justice to pay the modify their

propositions that every objection if it appear no more than reasonable, we are should the British government so change or much the same situation, we were in, when forfeit, incurred by the aggression of our ser- on our part would be removed, there is anothbad rulers first invaded our prosperity.

vants, whom by the constitution of our country, er chance of obstacles ; one which our fellow This was always a very serious misappre- and our repeated suffrages, we have identified citizens are singularly disposed to overlook. hension ; and whenever peace may take place, with the nation ; and whose errors or crimes It is well known that our ministers are inwe shall find that the administration of give cannot be separated from our responsibility. structed to advance claims, as well as the ernment is not merely a business between our There is abundant proof that England English. Will they not probably be as exceprulers and ourselves ; but that their miscon

would have gladly avoided a controversy with tionable to Great Britain, as her's have been duct may involve us in calamities, the ter. the United States ; and that, if a conciliatory to our government ? Will our ministers be mination of which will depend no less on the disposition on her part could have prevented as rewely to yield and qualify as she has been ? will of a third party than our own. We shall hostilstics;, they would not have existed. She Let it be recollected that Mr. Madison's infind that a bad administration is a greater

was however forced into a defensive war, structions have been published but in partcurse, or rather a more serious judgment, than which, besides its provoking character, has that the British ministers had not been able to we have hitherto imagined ; and that it is not

been attended by circumstances of irritation. extort from our's, at the date of the last desalways in the power of a people to decide just She will wish, by the prosecution of the war to patches, the principles or terms on which how much penance they will underga, for ... v us and the world evidence that she is not they were horised to insist. This reserve

We sincerely believe that there are very considering the cver precarious state of Eu- nrands ; we have good reason to suppose they few individuals in the United States, who do rope, the jealousies and rivalships to which were so originally, and no grounds to imagine not anxiously desire peace, except the hot-bed she must ever be exposed, she must wish, they were lowered, when Mr. Madison, on plants of war, who live and flourish in such a that when a treaty of peace with the United publishing the first despatches, found so many state, while others perish. Yet are there not States is established, it may be on such condi- ready to pledge themselves and the whole fed. many who are disposed to say, that if the tions, as may lay the foundation of a permanent eral party to his war. It seems the President British should demand any thing which it friendship between the two nations. She could i gave directions to wave, if expedient, the diswould be unpleasant 10 concede, we had best not expect this result, if she could, and were cussion of the doctrine of blockade ; but on i he unite to convince them, that though we. desire to, extort from us, concessions, which would other hand, to demand the restitution of the peace, we will make no sacrifices, io abtain it? materially affect our natural rights or future property condemned under the orders in counIf this war is unjust, and such we

have prosperity. We do not therefore believe that cil. Notliing is more clear than that, if that er maintained that it was, the principle we

she will insist on any thing, as a sine qua non property is not claimed, it implies a complete have just mentioned, plainly amounts to this of peace, which the enlightened part of our recognition of the correctness of the Orders in We will select a set of ignorant or abandoned citizens will consider 1xtravagant.

Council. Though this would amount to no men as our rulers ; they become the regular.

The last despatches, as far as we can learn, more than an acknowledgement of the right of ly constituted authorities of the country they produced a first impression directly the re- retaliation, a right claimed by every belligerrepresent, and act for the nation. They insult, verse of the former. Then the prevailing ent, yet as it was the professed cause of the provoke, attack and injure a foreign power. outcry was “ these conditions will never war, and our rulers are deeply committed on We are very willing and even desirous our swer-however disagreeable or disastrous, we the subject, we cannot imagine they will readpublick servants should cease from their out- must unite iả opposing such demands. There ily own themselves either wrong or defeated, ragės, we are riot disposed to aid or encour

will be no peace at present " Yow we find which must be the inference, if the English age them in iheir iniquitous quarrel : but, if a strong expectation that our ministers will

a strong expectation that our ministers will do not restore the property taken under their the power they have assailed and injured de certainly make a treaty, and not a few believe Orders. They will not disavow the principle, mand any satisfaction ; if it is not ready to it will speedily arrive. It is not that the last por restore the property. pocket the insult, and the wrong, then forsooth proposition is niore agreeable to Massachu- This we presume will be one point of colwe say, it shall-or we will fight-ill when ?

setts, than the former. It is incomparabiy lision ; the plan of a treaty, or provincial anti-ill this independent power, having as per

worse ; but it has been observed that the cles, or conditions, which our ministers are fect a right to its tranquillity and security as

British have almost wholly abandoned their now bound in turn to offer, will present others. we have to our own, shall agree to endure our

first ground, sine qua non and all-it is sup- The privilege of objecting is not exclusively aggressions without caring ió demand redress: posed they will do so again. They will un- ours, though that seems to be the popular imTo take such ground is assurediy to be as ab: doubtedly modify, and perhaps admií a distinct pression. For ourselves therefore, consider surd as our rulers have bcen impolitick and

substitute for their uri possidetis ; they muy ing the distance of the scene of negotiation, criminal. We may fight till doomsday, io possibly require nothing but the possession we believe we shall see Lord Hill in some such a cause, and we shall not make it justifia- of what floating property they have taken, part of the Union, before we shall see a treaty ble; and unless our enemy be incapacitated though we see no reason yet to expect it

. of Peace. It is impossible that Mr. Madison to defend her rights and character, we

They had nol before professed to have stated should not foresee the consequences ;. but flatter onrselves with no hope of success.

all the points they were authorized to discuss; there is one trait in his character, as we bave It is a question whether our government

how they have ; and we pre wine they will been informed by the representatives of both;. have not so weakened and impoverished this therefore be found more tenucious. As the his friends and his foes, which will drive. diena

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blindly to the end of his career, though our | publick, we may confide in the exertions of l injury had been effected ; but we have heard Union be convulsed to its centre-he is deaf those who are now assembled to attempt this nothing certain. to all counsel, and OBSTINATE TO A PROVERB ; great and laudable purpose. May Heaven An article from Plattsburgh, dated the 4th sink or swim, with probable success or certain direct and bless their councils.

inst. says the enemy have a force of several ruin before him, it is the same ; he bends not

thousand troops near Chamblee, and are prefrom his purposes.

[It is not our purpose to avail ourselves fre- paring sleighs, buffalo skins, &c. for a winter HARTFORD CONVENTION.

quently in extracts from our publick journals; expedition. No particular object is mentioned. but we insert the following article, to shew

A cartel arrived at New York last Tuesday This grand object is so far accomplished that the state of New-England is well under

from Halifax. She brought home Mr. Mitch. Joud calls of their fellow citizens will find and that Mr. Madison has had ample warning as that our delegates are now in session--the stood by intelligent gentlemen at the south ; ill, Agent for American prisoners

, his wife

and family. He was ordered to leave that them business. of the sentiments his administration has pro

place at six days' notice and forbidden to enter If this ruinous war is not speedily closed, duced among us, and of the measures to which

the town. by the federal government, New England his oppression is forcing us. Will he not lis.

Mr. Jones, Secretary of the Navy, has re. looks to them to save us from destruction-10

ten? Will he not believe ?- Then he will signed his office. No successor is yet appointed. give us peace. soon find reflection and repentance too late.]

There is no choice of Representative to And should Peace unexpectedly be the re

FROM THE (GEORGETOWN) REPORLICAN.

Congress in the sixth easterri district of this sult of the negotiation at Ghent, the publiek

Commonwealth. Col. Conner, the democratvoice in this section of the country demands

We are in daily expectation of hearing the

ick candidate has a plurality of 14 votes, but security against the repetition of past calam- result of the attack upon New-Orleans. Should

there are 50 scattering. ities in a word, the restoration of our sacrificed the enemy succeed, and the negotiations at

The HARTFORD CONVENTION was to assemble last rights. Peace or no peace, we must be the Ghent terminate, as we have not a doubt they

Thursday The full delegation from Massachusetts, abject slaves of a government, over which our will terminate, Louisiana will be wrested from Connecticut and Rhode Island will be joined by united influence has no control, until the conuś, and the war states of the west will then Messrs. West and O'cott from Cheshire and Grafton

counties in Newhampshire, and it is said by others stitution is so changed that we may derive bleed at every pore. It is our deliberate some advantage from representation. Expe- opinion, that the congress of Vienna will rience has not only taught us, that our old eventuate in a merry christmas, for the European

CONGRESS. A National Bank bill has passed the

Senate and is now before the House. system was defective in the theoretical se. powers, and the little Island that has restored

The Conscript bill, which has passed the Senate, is curity of our rights, but ruinous in its practi- to them their long lost liberties. The inevitable now under debate in the House. cal operation.

It was the principal cause of consequence will be, a refusal to make peace the American Revolution, that we were sub with Mr. Madison, unless he agrees to ierms,

LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS ject to laws, which we had no share in forming at which the spirit and honour of the American We are now the victims of laws, which we people will revolt. A further inevitable constrenuously oppose.

We are abused and sequence will be, that before the 4th of July THE WRITER, No. XXXI. mocked with the name of self government, next, New-England will be enjoying all the The institution of the christian sabbath is while our wishes and our deares: interests are

advantages of peace, while the Western and one of the very important, as well as one of the scoff and sport of insolent masters. Peace

Southern States will be left alone, under the the earliest evidences we have of the truth of might give us a respite from our present in- sallant and skillful chiefs

, Madison and Munroe,

our holy religion ; and the observation of it, tolerable sufferings ; but it cannot give us se

to fight the British, Spaniards, Indians and the best proof, in a family or nation, that they curity against oppression, in forms as destruc

blacks on the western frontier. These specile revere their religion, and hold in pious venetive and more deyrading than war. What, in lations may appear wild to “ Hempen, Mo- ration its ordinances. Without entering into the name of common sense, have we to prize hawk politicians” like the venerable and meet the inquiry with respect to the physical proin our nominal Independence? Why should

Mr. Barnett, but a very little time will shen priety of alternate rest and labour, and the arwe prefer our present political degradation to

what section of country and sect of politicians propriate convenience of setting apart one day colonial dependence on England, France, or

are to be scourged for their sins. The poor in seven for quiet and repose, I shall confine Turkey ? England's worst assumptions were

Creeks and Canadians will yet see a just myself, in this dissertation, to the divine insti. tender mercies, compared to the tyranny un.

providence avenging all their wrongs and tution of the sabbath; and not only offer soms der which we now groan. Is this the boasted cruel sufferings.

reasons, why it ought to be seriously and reliprivilege of being the citizens of a free re

giously respected, but give some opinions publick-to remonstrate, plead, and begin

which may, by some perhaps, be thought se:vain ? To be involved in a war which we ex

GENERAL REGISTER.

perstitious or whimsical, relative to the evils ecrate--arrested in those occupations by which

which usually follow a violation of it. we subsist-loaded with taxes, until the frui:s

BOSTON, SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 1814. In a religious observance of the first day of of an age of industry and economy are wast

the week we recognize, and celebrate with ing like the dew, and compelled to leave our

FOREIGN. By accounts from Jumaica, devout gratitude, the resurrection of our bleschildren a legacy of poverty and embarrass- St. Bartholomews and New Providence it ap- sed Saviour from the dead. And surely so inments, to embitter their toil, and defeat their pears unquestionable, that Admiral Cochranc

pears unquestionable, that Admiral Cochranc teresting, so glorious and wonderful an event, best exertions? If this is a desirable life, let was assembling all the disposable force in the should occupy our whole souls, and fill us us quietly go on the course is plain before us. British West Indies, tu join several thousands with emotions too affecting and sublime to

If our country embraces, in its extensive who had arrived there from the Chesapeake, mix with earthly concerlis. We read that, sectior.s, interests wbich are absolutely irre- in order to proceed against New Orleans. It early in the morning, the first day of the week, concileable, it is certainly not adapted for a is probable that before this time they have ar- they came to the sepulchre, and brought sweet common government, and the sooner each sec- rived at the place of their destination.

spices. This affectionate offering of the first tion provides a guardian for its own rights, the DOMESTICK. On the 7th of November, disciples to their beloved master was made better. But if, as is the case, there is a mutual General Jackson, commanding an American even under the melancholy impression that he relation of advantages and benefits, a variety army, about 4000 strong, entered the Spanish was slumbering in death ; how much more but no incompatibility of interests, let the wise city, Pensacola, the capital of West Florida !

ought we to repair, on each return of this ausand virtuous digest such improvements, as The particulars have not yet arrived, but it is picious morn, to adore his living and ascended shall diffuse the blessings of self government, reported that the Spaniards, with whom we inajesty, and to worship in his temple, since if it be not a solecism, through the nation, and are not at war, or rather have not professed we have the joyful assurance that, " where not suffer the jealousy of one part to sacrifice to be, made very little resistance. The Na. two or three are gathered together in his the prosperity of another.

tional Intelligencer suggests that orders have name, he will be there in the midst of them." Our country is once more in a very inter- been given, a few days since forbidding this

Wnat excuse can justify a neglect or violation esting relation, as to its domestick, political expedition. This maneuvre seems to excite of the sacred duties of this day? It is neverconcerns. The cxigencies of the moment are little interest now ; but a measure so extra- theless most wickedly profaned; and neither not trilling, nor are the duties of those to whom ordinary will probably become a national con respect to the laws of the land, a veneration we look for relief, easy to be performed. But cern of moment, hereafter.

for the example of our pious ancestors, nor a if it be within the scope of human sagacity to Letters and papers from Virginia state chat sense of duty and obligation to God, have sum. discover what measures can restore to us a the British have ascended the river Rapp

cient restraints upon the pleasures of some government that shall impartially respect our hannock, above Tappahannock, lauded a men, or the woridly desires of ouers, to prerights, cherish our prosperity, and re-es- siderable force, and fired upon the town. Re- vent a profane cncroachment upon the solemtablish the harmony of this now distracted re- ' ports yesterday mentioned that considerable nity of the sabbath day. The strects and

con

roads resound with the rapid wheels of pleas-, the pursuit of pleasure, it is easy to suppose, or to the despicable meanness of pitiful chico ure, or groan under the more sluggish but that, without religious habits at home, a young anery and fraud. Let any one observe the heavy loaded vehicles of servile labour ; whilst man at his age would acquire none in the movements of his heart, while he feels the those, who wish to devote the day to religion, course of his travels. He spent a few years thrill of sublime delight,or of pathetick emotion, are disturbed in the exercises of the temple in Europe, and returned with increased desires excited by some of the strains of Burns, of by the various tumult of these impious and for pleasure and dissipation, and more con- Beattie, of Thomson, of Milton, or of Young, unlawful interruptions. It cannot be denied, tempt for what he called the superstitious and he will find, that they are all tuned to beand it may not be disguised, that a decay of notions of his countrymen. He often boasted nevolence, to affection, to gratitude, to love, religion, and a neglect of its duties and ordi.

that he never was inside of a church during and to adoration of him, who rideth upon the nances, are usually followed by a decay of his tour, except to see its ornaments, nor wings of the wind ; and that no base, selfish, prosperity, and a visitation of judgment upon passed a Sunday in any other way, than in or unworthy sensation can find its way into a the offending individual, family, or people. Let worldly pleasure and amusement.

mind occupied by such noble and exalted views. any one observe the progress of vice, and he At the usual age for matrimonial connexions, He who acquires an early habit of delighting will be convinced that the wicked do not pros- INFIDUS was married ; but as the virtues of in and of studying the best pocis, will never per forever ; nor the profane, the dissolute, piety and religion had no charms for him even know that fatal hour when his heart-chords the irreligious, the sabbath-breakers, escape in a female mind, he was indifferent in his shall cease to vibrate to the sweet impulses of without dishonour, without some infamy in this choice of a wife, whether she was exemplary benevolence and of kindness. The sentiments world, whatever may be their preparation to or not. If she was ever disposed to “ keep of the poets are the most exalted and the inost meet the awful judgment of another.

the sabbath day," his desire and example very dignified sentiments of humanity, arrayed in. At the commencement of the great revolu- soon subdued her inclinations to his own hu- the splendid garb of language the most forcible tion in France, that unhappy country began mour, and they were always seen riding abroad and inipressive ; whence all the emotions, the scene of atrocities which made strange on sunday, or performing some new piece of which nell the glowing heart, or chain the murders and the massacre of multitudes fre- musick from a London publication at home. soul in speechless pleasure, or dart rapture quent and familiar, by an unhallowed prostra- They usually had company on that day to dine through each thrilling nerve, or raise the sigh tion of all their religious institutions. Can with them, and when they were so fortunate of sorrow, and bedew the cheek with pity's any one look back upon these events, and sec as to have foreigners, or some of the more tear at the prayer of want, and the plaint of the torrents of blood, which inundated this fair- liberal minded of their own country for their woe, or lift up the mind to all the elevated cst portion of Europe, without beholding the guests, they would form a party in the evening feelings, which adorn and ennoble man, which judgments of heaven riding in this revolution- at cards. In scenes like this, and with such render him a blessing to his fellow-men, and ary whirlwind. It was the practice of these domestick examples before them, INFIDUS a zealous, faithful servant to his God, are impious times, in all the great cities, to expose brought up a family of five children. Is it not called forth and roused into action, by the placards, posted at the corners of the streets, easy to divine some unhappy winding up of strains of our bards of higher faine. and in all publick places, with profane and ri- this drama ? One of the daughters married diculous allusions to sacred history, and partic. an impostor, who had assumed the character

" Then hail, ye mighty masters of the lay,

Nature's true sons, the friends of man and truth! ularly scoffing at the divine institution of the of a gentleman, but who had been a footman

Whose song, sublimely bold, serenely gay, sabbath. The sabbath was soon after totally in a great family in Europe, bad robbed his

Amus'd my childhood, and inform'd my youth. abolished, and a new calendar formed, in master, and fed to this country with his booty. O, let your spirit still my bosom soothe, which it was entirely omitted. But “this coun- He was received into the house of INFIDUS Inspire my dreams, and my wild wanderings guide ! cil and this work was of men"and has “come lo for his gonteel address, his knowledge of the

Your voice each rugged path of life can smoothe, nought,” whilst the commands of God and the world, and his contempt for, and the wit with

For, well I know, wherever ye reside, venerable practice of ages have been restorell. which he could ridicule, all religious rites

There harmo:y, and peace, and innocence abide.”In our country, the Lord's day has usaid; and restraints ; and thus he ingratiated himsif been respected. Our fathers obserred it with with the young lady whom he ruined, deceived, ADVANTAGES OF METAPHYSICAL the most religious attention, and it is but of and deserted. The sons were all profligate ;

STUDIES. late years that the violation of it has become although INFIDUS had been left with an ample MANY persons there are, who have conceived indecently notorious. It is less respected, it patrimony, he was involved by their extrava a prejudice against metaphysical science, is more profaned at the present day, than at gance, and finally ruined by being bound in because they erroneously imagine that it inany former period ; let those who have seen some of their wild and unfortunate speculations. disposes the mind towards other pursuits more both prosperous and evil days, judge of this In no time of life was the character of In- agreeable to popular taste. The examples of matter, and le: those who “ observe the signs FIDUS held in estimation ; no one ever thought several celebrated men contradict this opinion of the times" apply them. For my own part, I of him for the guardian of youth or innocence; from the time when have always observed, and I am fully persuad- no one relied on his judgment or integrity as ed, that those families and individuals, who an umpire in their affairs. In the midst of

Omnis Aristippum decuit color et status, et res, have practically and habitually disregarded the his riches and prosperity, he might be courted to the last contury, when the taste and knowlLord's day, if they have not ended in misery, and flattered, but he was not respected ; and edge of Berkley surprised the artists of Italy; have eventually become unfortunate and dis. when his riches and prosperity were no more, the accomplishments of the young Helvetius reputable. he was despised and forsaken.

were admired in the circles of Paris ; and the INFIDUS was the son of a wealthy citizen,

grave and the gay, the sage and the youth, who was more careful to give him a genteel,

ON POETRY.

could take delight in the conversation of subtle than a religious education. He was taught The sentiments of poets are the sentiments Hume. I am the person whom you wish to see, something of the principles of christianity at of the human heart, embodied into words by said Plato to his foreign guests, who desired school, but saw little of its practice, and heard superior sensibility and genius ; poetical ideas their agreeable host to introduce them to his none of its precepts seriously inculcated at are the pure feelings of the soul, of which grave nainesake the philosopher. Why should home. Where religion is not impressed upon every one is conscious, but which few can it be imagined, that the mind grows severe as the tender mind of youth by parental co- express ; consequently every human being, it becomes enlightened, or that the knowledge dearments, nor urged by parental authority ; endued with sensibility and feeling, must be of man unfits us for the society of mankind ? where it is not nurtured by the example of highly interested in, and greatly influenced One is, indeed, surprised at the strange those to whom the child is supposed to look by poetry.

notions which men, who are quite ignorant of with the most affectionate love and respect, There can be little doubt, that, if the works its nature, have formed of this branch of philit is no wonder if its traces should be faint, of the best poets were more generally studied osophy: There are some who seriously beand easily worn out, or impaired. At college and comprehended than they now are, the lieve that this science serves only to darken INFIDUS associated with the loosebe of his buman character would not be so degraded by and bewilder the understanding ; while others classmates, and too readily adopted the mista- that callous coldness of heart, nor polluted by suppose that it consists in the babbling of a ken notion that to ridicule religion was hu- that vile vulgarity of vice, which, now, so often pedantick jargon which constituted the barbarous. mour, and to speak of the most holy things ,obtrude theinselves upon our sight, in all the language of the scholastick learning. If a per-, with levity was wir. These carly practices loathsomeness of their deformity ; because the plexedrcasoner puzzle himselfand his audience, of in piety, if they did not blot out all belief sentiments to be found in those books, if they we are almost always sure to hear his mcinfrom his mind, at least so much obscured it, are felt and understood, raise the mind to suci physical subtlety reproved or lamented! ; ard that he never rcasoned with himself whether a state of pure and of pleasurable excitement, he, upon his part, seldom fails to ascribe the he had any faith in religion or not. After fin- tat it canoi

, possibly, while under their confusion of his ideas to the obscure nature of is in his studies it the University, Ix 100's influence, descend to the contaminating de- ! ali speculative doctrines. If a pert rhetoricinn VwHot Burbad. Thus cast out upon the world in gradation of grovelling and sensuat iniquity, i becomes entangled in his own sophistries, he

is ever ready to accuse himself of having too

POETRY.

'Tis his, the mystick meeting to rehearse, much of the very logick which he wants. There

To utter oracles in glowing verse, is not a mere tiro in literature, who has blun- , [We think with Mr. MONTGOMERY, the author of Heroick themes from age to age prolong, dered round the meaning of a chapter in Plato, The World before the Flood," that he selected an And make the Dead in nature live in song. but is content to mistake himself for a philoso- “ unpromising subject,” and the title has probably | Though graven rocks the warrior's deeds proclaim, pher. A sciolist cannot set up for an atheist, deterred many, a reader from perusing his poem, And mountains hew'd to statues, wear his name : without first hailing himself a metaphysician ;

who would have been highly delighted, at least with Though shrined in adamant, his relicks lie while an ignorant dogmatist no

sooner finds himself embarrassed with a doubt, than he

many passages, as truly beautiful, and strongly Beneath a pyramid, that scales the

marked with the genuine spirit of poetick fancy. All that the hand hath fashion'd shall decay ; seeks to avenge his offended vanity, by representing all metaphysical inquiries as idle or

We think the following Extracts sufficient to justi. All, that the eye admires, shall pass away ; mischievous. Thus the noblest of the sciences

fy our recommendation.]

The mouldering rocks, the hero's hope shall fail, is mistaken and vilified by the folly of some,

Earthquakes shall heave the mountains to the vale :

MORNING STAR. and by the prejudices of others; by the im

The shrine of adamant betray its trust, pertinent vanity of a few, who could never un- 'Twas then, o'er eastern mountains seen afar, And the proud pyramid resolve to dust, derstand it ; and by the unjustifiable censures With golden splendour, rose the morning star, Tbe lyre alone immortal fame secures of many, who have never given it a fair and As if an angel-centinel of night,

For Song alone through nature's change endures ; candid examination. He, however, who has From earth to heaven had wing d his homeward flight; Transfused like life, from breast to breast it glows, been accustomed to mediiate the principles of Glorious at first, but lessening by the way,

From sire to son by sure succession fows, things, the springs of action, the foundations of And lost insensibly in higher day.

Speeds its unceasing flight from clime to clime political government, the sources of moral law, The nature of the passions, the influence of habit

Outstripping death, upon the wings of Time. and association, the formation of character and

PARTING OF LOVERS. temper, the faculties of the soul, and the phi- One lovely eve, when in that calm retreat losophy of mind, will not be persuaded that They met, as they were often wont to meet,

WINTER. these subjects bave been unworthy of his And parted not as they were wont to part

TATTERFALL'S TRANSLATION OF MR. WILLIAM Taow: patient attention, because presumptuous wri. ters have abused the liberty of investigation, Though Javan named for his return the night, With gay regret, but heaviness of heart ;

son's ODE BRUMALIS. or because dull ones have found it unavailing. When the new moon had rollid to full orb'd light.

Alas! no longer now appear He knows that metaphysicks do not exclude

The softer seasons of the year, other learning; that, on the contrary, they blend She stood, and gaz’d thro' trees that forced their way,

Of sports and loves what Muse now sings ? themselves with all the sciences. He feels, the Oft as from steep to steep, with fond delay,

Away my lyre-boy, break the strings. love of truth grow strong with the search of Lessening at every view, he turn’d his head, it ; he confesses the very bounded powers of Hail'd her with weaker voice, then forward sped.

Old joyless Winter, who disdains the human understanding, while he contem- From that sad hour, she saw his face no more

Your sprightly, ftow'ry, Attick strains, plates the immensity of nature, and the majesty

Wrapt into sable, calls for airs, of God ; but he thinks that his researches may

POWER OF THE FLUTE.

Rough, gloomy, as the rug he wears. contribute to enlarge and correct his own notions ; that they may teach him how to reason At once obedient to the lip and hand

Pleasure, forever on the wing,

Wild, wanton, restless, fluttering thing, with precision ; and may instruct him in the It utter'd every feeling at command. knowledge of himself. His time, he believes, Light o'er the stops his airy fingers flew,

Airy, springs by, with sudden speel, is seldom employed to greater advantage, than a spirit spoke in every tone they drew ;

Swifter than Maro's flying steed. when he considers what may be the nature of 'Twas now the sky-lark on the wings of morn,

Ah ! wliere is hid the sylvan scene, his intellectual being, examines the extent of Now the night warbler, leaning on her thorn ;

The leafy shade, the vernal green ? his moral duties, investigates the sources of Anon through every pulse the musick stole,

In Flora's meads the sweets that grew, happiness, and demonstrates the means by And held sublime communion with the soul,

Colours which nature's pencil drew, which it may be more generally diffused.

Chaplets, the breast of Pope might wear, It is nothing to him, that his lone and his Wrung from the coyest breast th” unprison'd sigh,

And kindled rapture in the coldest eye. language are ill imitated by the sophist ; that

Worthy to bloom around lanthe's hair? he is considered as a useless member of society

Gay-mantled Spring away is flown, by the heavy, plodding man of business ; or RETURN OF A YOUTHFUL WANDERER TO A

Tbe silver-tressed Summer's gone, that he is exposed to the impotent ridicule of

DESOLATE COTTAGE,

And golden Autumn ; nought remains the gaudy coxcomb, by whom he can never be

But Winter with his iron chains. approved, because he can never be understood. What is it to him, though his name be unknown -Slowly recovering strength, he gazed around

The feather-footed hours that fly, among the monopolizers,the schemers, and the In wistful silence, eyed those walls decay'd,

Say “ Human life thus passes by" ; projectors, that throng the crowded capital of Between whose chinks the lively lizard play'd ;

What shall the wise, the prudent ? they a mercantile nation ? What is it to him, though The moss-clad timbers, loose and laps'd awry,

Will seize the bounty of to-day, his talents be undervalued by the votaries and

And prostrate, to the Gods their grateful homage pay the victims of dissipation, folly, and fashion ? / Threatening erelong in wider wreck to lie ;

The fractur'd roof, thro' which the sun-beams shone, What is it to him, though grandeur should

The man, whom Isis' stream inspires, have withdrawn its protection from genius; With rank unfinwering verdure overgrown ;

Whom Pallas owns and Phæbus fires. though ambition should be satisfied with power The prostrate fragments of the wicker door,

Whoin Suada, smiling Goddess, deigns alone ; and though power should only exert And reptile traces on the damp green floor.

To guide in sweet Hyblæan plains, its efforts to preserve itself? These things This mournful spectacle while Javan view'd

He Winter's storms undaunted still sustains. may not affect him : they may neitherinterrupt Life's earliest scenes and trials were renew'd ; the course of his studies, nor disturb the O'er his dark mind, the light of years gone by

Black, louring skies ne'er hurt the breast serenity of his mind. But what must be his Gleam'd like the meteors of the northern sky.

By white-robed Innocence possessed, feelings, if he should find, that philosophy is He mov'd his lips, but strove in vain to speak,

Roar as ye list ye winds—beginpersecuted, where science is professed to be A few slow tears stray'd down his cold wan cheek,

Virtue proclaims fair Peace within ; taught ? Are there not some, who seem deTill from his breast a sigh convulsive sprung,

Etherial povrer ! 'tis you that bring sirous of excluding it from the plan of publick And“ () my mother !" trembled from his tongue.

The balmy Zephyrs, and restore the Spring. education ? The advantages which are to be

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While warbled symphonies entrance his ears,

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